Pinsao pilot project celebrate 17th barangay fiesta

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Thursday, April 21, 2011


“SEEKING a Turning Point to Make a Difference” is this year's theme of Pinsao Pilot Project as it celebrates its 17th barangay fiesta. This was once an idle land until it became part and parcel of the Bureau of Plant and Animal Industry’s Baguio experiment station in 1960.

Pinsao was one of the first 29 barrios in the city which was proclaimed, through the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ Presidential Decree 557, as a Pilot Housing Project. The PD was issued on September 1974 thus Pinsao Pilot Project came into existence as a barangay.

After years of fast development and urbanization of Baguio, Pinsao now has more than 4,000 residents with a 1,800 voting population with majority of its populace coming from Mountain Province and the rest from the Cordillera Administrative Region and the lowlands.

The sports competition chaired by councilman Bernard Batay-an, started with a fun run at 6 am which was followed by a community Mass and the proclamation of the opening of the barangay fiesta by PB Sotero Dulaycan during the first day of festivities.

Included in the first day of activities chaired by council woman Helen Longchaya were parlor games where children, youth, middle aged and senior citizens joined wholesome games like sack race, apple eating, banana eating, tug-of-war, and potato race.

“We encourage camaraderie, meet new friends and bond together as part of community program in values formation and respecting our tradition and culture, eco-friendly and peaceful place to live in,” PB Dulaycan said.

Basketball, volleyball, darts, chess, sepak takraw and football were the main sports activities to encourage young and olds to pick up healthy habits while keeping them away from bad vices and illegal drugs.

A picnic at the covered basketball court followed after the games and sports competition. The food (traditionally served with rice, pancit and boiled pork) was served equally among the participants and watching residents.

Capping the barangay fiesta on April 17 was the awarding of prizes and a special presentation from Twain Creeks Women's Club and Pinsao Pilot Women's Club. The traditional guest of honor and speaker chosen to grace the occasion is a resident and a product of good standing and profession from the barangay - Joel Mangusan.

Spearheading the barangay fiesta preparation are steering committee members headed by Sotero Dulaycan, Kagawads Batay-an, Roy Fagyan, Mary Quanzo, Virginia Malag, Patrict Dangatan, Helen Longchaya Gertrude Coy-om, SK Joel Kewan, Barangay Secretary Linda, Coy-om, Brgy. Treasurer Shatelaine Jill Gomez, Sound System operator George Addawi, barangay tanods, street sweepers and respected elders in the community who shared their time and effort to ensure the success of the festivities.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 21, 2011.

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